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Annett Kontaveit fifth in world based on 2018 form

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Estonian tennis star Annett Kontaveit currently ranks fifth in the world in the ladies’ singles, if this year’s statistics are taken into account in isolation, it is reported. Whilst Ms. Kontaveit, 22, from Tallinn, is still occupying the 28th spot in the WTA official rankings, victories this year against players in the top 10 of the rankings push her shorter term rating much higher than the overall one. The wins…

Measles cases hit record high in Europe

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Cases of measles in Europe have hit a record high, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). More than 41,000 people have been infected in the first six months of 2018, leading to 37 deaths. Last year there were 23,927 cases and the year before 5,273. Experts blame this surge in infections on a drop in the number of people being vaccinated. In England, there have been 807 cases so…

US soldier convicted of attempted rape in Denmark

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

A U.S. soldier assigned to a special operations unit in Europe was convicted of attempted rape in Denmark last week, officials said. The Danish court of Sonderborg on Wednesday sentenced the 21-year-old American to 18 months in prison and banned him from the country for 12 years for the June crime, the local prosecutor’s office said in a statement. U.S. officials in Europe confirmed that a soldier with the Stuttgart-based…

Over 2,500 Ukrainian construction workers work in Lithuania

Monday, August 20, 2018

The department issued 22,200 visas to Ukrainians in the seven months of 2018, compared to over 23,000 visas over the last year. As Lithuanian construction companies are experiencing a growing lack of qualified specialists, vacant job are more and more often filled by Ukrainians. The Lithuanian Migration Department estimates their number will grow 30-50% next year. The department issued 22,200 visas to Ukrainians in the seven months of 2018, compared…

Baltic Sea can provide clean drinking water using new tech

Monday, August 20, 2018

Water purification technology developed by Stockholm company Bluewater has been adopted in Sandhamn to provide clean drinking water sourced from the Baltic Sea during the summer, when 600,000 people flock to the island in East Sweden. Clean drinking water could be sourced from the Baltic Sea to avoid summer droughts on a Swedish island using new “world-leading” technology. Sandhamn, located 30 miles east of Stockholm, will trial the water treatment system…

Pope on sexual abuse: ‘We showed no care for the little ones’

Monday, August 20, 2018

Pope Francis has publicly acknowledged the failures of the Roman Catholic church in dealing with sexual abuse by priests, attacking a “culture of death” and deferential “clericalism” that helps perpetuate evil. An unprecedented letter from “His Holiness Pope Francis to the People of God” was issued after almost a week of mounting pressure following the publication of an excoriating report into abuse by priests in Pennsylvania. According to a Vatican official,…

Alona Ostapenko has climbed back into the top 10

Monday, August 20, 2018

Latvia’s highest-ranked tennis player Alona Ostapenko is ranked 10th again in the latest WTA rankings released on Monday. Ostapenko, 21, was ranked 11th last week. She was last ranked 10th at the end of May. Her career high is world No. 5, which she reached this past March. In the meantime, Anastasija Sevastova has stayed put in 18th place in this week’s WTA rankings. Diana Marcinkevica is ranked 300th, Daniela Vismane is 645th, Alise Cernecka is 1,011st,…

Over 230,000 people attend Riga Festival

Monday, August 20, 2018

Over 230,000 people attended the Riga Festival, which was held last weekend to mark the 817th birthday of the Latvian capital city. Representatives of the Riga City Council told that local residents, people from other cities and regions of Latvia, as well as foreign guests attended the festival’s events that took place in Riga’s parks, squares, sports facilities and cultural buildings. As reported, during the three days of the Riga…

Iceland wants to follow lead of Estonia’s administrative reform

Monday, August 20, 2018

Estonian Minister of Public Administration Janek Maggi met with Iceland’s Minister of Transport and Local Government Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson on Friday, according to whom Iceland wants to follow the lead of Estonia’s administrative reform. “We gave the Icelandic minister an overview of Estonia’s administrative reform and our new administrative order,” Maggi said. Since Iceland will go through the same process, the minister showed an interest in the criteria, organization and…

Police dispatching hundreds of officers to 2018 Weekend Festival

Saturday, August 18, 2018

The Police and Border Guard are dispatching several hundred officers to this year’s Weekend Festival in Pärnu. Several ten thousand visitors are expected to attend the 70 concerts and parties of the festival. According to Andres Sinimeri, in command of Pärnu’s police station, local law enforcement is backed up with several hundred officers, cadets and assistant police officers from Estonia as well as colleagues from Latvia, Lithuania, and Finland. Police…